[UA-discuss] Resolving the Vice Chair elections situation

Jim DeLaHunt jfrom.uasg at jdlh.com
Thu Mar 9 19:02:27 UTC 2017

Ram (and Don):

On 2017-03-09 01:57, Ram Mohan wrote:
> … I suggested all 6 become Vice-Chairs by acclamation. There is rough 
> consensus for this position.
> However, two issues give us pause:
> 1.Changing rules mid-stream. We had a duly constituted process through 
> which we began executing elections. Changing the rules after the fact 
> demonstrates the wrong approach towards governance – even though we 
> are a very collegial group with a common, shared goal.
> 2.If everyone had known that all nominees would/could become 
> Vice-Chairs, potentially **more** nominees would have volunteered. 
> Changing the rules after the fact therefore potentially 
> disenfranchises those folks.
I think these are very wise observations. I agree that these issues are 
important, and justify holding the election.
> As a result, I am asking Don Hollander to resume the election process 
> for the 3 Vice Chair positions, … Don, please let the election run 
> until after the close of the ICANN58 meeting, but let the voting 
> commence in the next couple of days….
I don't recall seeing any specifics about the method of casting votes or 
counting votes. I'll repeat my advice from a few weeks ago:

On 2017-02-23 20:47, Jim DeLaHunt wrote:
> Second, if there is to be an election, there are a variety of rules 
> for running elections. This is something I am quite interested in. For 
> a group like this, my belief is that Preferential ballots, counted by 
> a Single Transferable Vote method 
> <https://www.opavote.com/methods/single-transferable-vote> would be a 
> good choice for electing three vice-chairs from more candidates.  (To 
> elect only one chair, the related Preferential ballots, counted by an 
> Instant Runoff Voting method 
> <https://www.opavote.com/methods/instant-runoff-voting> works well.)

I'm happy to assist Don with the mechanics of the elections, if he 
wishes. Other groups I am in have used the OpaVote service 
<https://www.opavote.com/methods/single-transferable-vote>, and it works 

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